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Downtown Day 2017: Skyspace, Central Library, and Bradbury Building

Larry and I have had a few previous downtown days, with some being harmless fun exploring the sights….

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…in which we looked at some potential apartments as well as the MOCA and Union Station; and then a trip in which it was pretty much a pub crawl….

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….it did start out educational as we saw the Space Shuttle, but then it became pretty much an exercise in drinking around downtown LA.  It was awesome.

So today was a bit random, as I just proposed going downtown to the Skyspace experience on a whim.  I didn’t want to sit home and there were no good movies out, and after proposing it, Larry agreed, and off we went.

The OUE Skyspace LA attraction is basically the long-awaited Observation Deck that Downtown LA should have had since the U.S. Bank building was built in 1990.  But DTLA wasn’t really a tourist destination for the longest time, but now with the Staples Center, LA Live, and a whole host of people living down there now, DTLA is much different.  And I think finally it made sense to keep expanding what there was to do, so last year the top deck of the building was built to make this observation deck a reality.   Not content to be just a view, they also built a glass slide that drops you from the 69th floor to the 68th – outside of the building.  It’s a very short ride, but it is quite a thrill nonetheless.

Anyway, I get ahead of myself.  You first make your way into the lobby of the building, process through, and then go up to the 58th floor.  Up there are a few neat interactive exhibits like giant video screens showing various LA cityscapes at different times of day, a very cool peak down a very deep hole lit up like a disco, and some other random stuff.  I guess it’s to justify the cost of the ticket?

As you can see, the magic chasm was pretty fun to play around with in pictures.  After you walk through all this excitement, you take another elevator up to the observation deck on 69 – and it’s pretty damn awesome.  A nice job has been done making a very clean, open space with quite clean windows to look out and take pictures through.  I do hate when observation platforms don’t bother to keep the windows clean as you’re kind of beholden to them for pictures.  Anyway, I digress – we did take a lap around the enclosed 69th floor to get a sense of what the views were, but held off on taking too many pictures as I wanted to be outside to get those.

But you don’t take the stairs to go down to the level below…you take the SKYSLIDE.

Yeah, it’s kind of awesome.  Brief, but awesome.  Some more from the Skyslide experience:

Alright, the remaining pictures are a lot.   I couldn’t help myself though as there’s just so much to take in.

Initial Looks:

View of the Oviatt Penthouse!

Alright, a whole lot of pictures of DTLA:

Okay, I then tried to capture LAX in the distance…

And some last pics before we went back to the ground:

Alright, so that was quite a cool experience.  I’d like the opportunity to go up closer to a sunset and get those kinds of colors too, but that can be for another time.

Once we got on the ground, we were right outside the Central Library of Los Angeles, which is itself quite a stunning building.  So we went in to take a look, and also we both got a library card.  It’s my first one in what feels like forever.

Central Library, Inside and Out

We didn’t check out any books today, but maybe one day soon?   I was getting hangry, so we then started walking towards Bottega Louie but a block before getting there, we ran across Karl Strauss Brewery.  Love the place from its Citywalk location, and that felt a little more relaxed than going to Bottega Louie.  So that’s what we did – perfect fit, getting beer and grub.   After that, we then walked our way over to the Bradbury Building.  Why?   Well, Larry had figured out where it was while we were up top and we figured if we’re down here, let’s go take a look.  It’s well known for having quite the dramatic and unique interior and also for having quite iconic films set within it – notably Blade Runner.  My pictures here didn’t come out quite as clear as I’d hoped, but you get the gist.

Food, Broadway, and the Bradbury Building

Then it was a walk back to where we parked, and along the way, caught one last glimpse of the US Bank building and the Skyslide:

And now we’re back home after a  fun afternoon.  Still figuring out where to eat having had a fairly late lunch.

Our New Neighbor

When I say “our”, I of course mean the royal “our” with regards to PwC.  You can just see our petite building behind this new upstart, the Grand Wilshire.  Pretty glassy, eh?  Also LA’s tallest structure with the spire factored in.  LA is going crazy with all the construction, let me tell ya.

Anyway, off to Vegas for the weekend – don’t let the world get destroyed while we’re away.  I’m kind of fond of it.  It’ll be wonderful to see Fran and Joel, as well as Michancy.  Haven’t been to Vegas in quite a while, so I’m excited to get back to the tables!!!!!!!  🙂

Raining Like a Mofo

It’s been raining a LOT here in Los Angeles the past few weeks – much much much more so than it did during last year’s promising-but-ultimately-disappointing El Nino that didn’t provide us in SoCal any of the promised precipitation.  But this winter, the rain has been coming steadily and it’s kind of awesome.  We need it desperately and then what is good is that we’ll get a day or two to let it drain away and get the rain to soak in a little, and then rain will come back.   Anyway, it’s been a good thing to get in our region, and while a lot of northern California is getting a huge hit in their drought levels, I think SoCal, while doing better, would need a helluva lot more rain than what we’ve been getting.  But it’s better than nothing, that’s for damn sure.

The picture above is the extent of my exposure to the rain today.   Well, that’s almost accurate.  I did go out on to our balcony and started tossing buckets of soapy water against one of our outer windows that has had a nasty nasty screen for over a year, due to the construction that had been going on next door back in 2015.  I figured with all the rain coming down, no one would notice a crazy person tossing the water the way he was and even if they did, so what?  The rain was going to wash away any of the evidence.  I’m so glad I did this though as I’ll no longer get aggravated opening the blinds in the breakfast nook area and see the filthy screen.  The window will actually be able to be seen through!  Hallelujah.

Yesterday was a reassuring day – Larry & I didn’t go to any of the marches, but I’m encouraged by all those that did.  Especially with the reactions it is getting from those in office.  Love it.  I’ll be happily donating money to all sorts of causes in the next few years, and proud to do so.  We all do our part in various ways, and I happen to know money goes a long long way, and plays a part, just as does the visible and public acts do.  Here we go.

A Cool Addition to the Museum Core in LA

I’m excited that the museum that George Lucas is going to build, the Museum of Narrative Art, is coming here to Los Angeles!  Of course it’ll be a great place to see some Star Wars stuff, but it’ll also have plenty more there too.  And suck it, San Francisco!

In sobering and fairly sad news, President Obama’s last speech to the nation was today, and it’s just too hard to contemplate what we’re about to lose compared to what we’re about to start having to deal with.  This really will be quite a fucking shitshow, won’t it?  And like Michancy continues to remind us, none of what he’s doing or saying is normal.  Nor can we be accustomed to it and let it be normal.

Visiting the Twin Peaks Pop-Up in DTLA

I had been reading about the David Lynch “Festival of Disruption” that had been held this past weekend in Downtown Los Angeles at the Ace Hotel’s United Artists Theater.  It was a musical event with various interesting acts hand-picked by David Lynch…

It sounds like it could have been a cool event (see here: link to the festival’s website) to attend, but I didn’t really pay attention or know about it beforehand.  Tickets went fast.  But the good news was that my social media feed let me know that the pop-up shop situated in what would have been the ticket booth was going to be around for the following week (which is now this week).  And it was in DTLA, just a brisk walk away from where I work.  So YEAH, I was making my way there…as long as jury duty and/or work didn’t get in the way.  Happily, I wasn’t summoned to attend jury duty this week but still may have to go next week; and work is in a small in-between phase, so today during lunch, I did the walk over there.  It was so great, and happily not many people around at that time.   And of course, I got SWAG.  Here are the pics I took:

Still so excited for the return of this amazing show next year.  I honestly have no idea what to expect, and fully realize it could be a crazy-ass trainwreck.  But with David Lynch and Mark Frost both involved, I’m excited whether the results are good or bad.